360nobs Independence Special: Celebrating Nigeria’s Top 50 Sportsmen

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You know them and what they have done over the years. So we are not going to bore you with their bio and their achievements.

These are just 50 names; we dedicate this piece to all the men that have contributed one thing or the other to sports in Nigeria. So many names could not get into this list… but we know you and salute you.

This list is all about ranking…Join us as we celebrate these great men.

50. Chidi Imo (Track and field)

49. Olapade Adenekan (Track and field)

48. Power Uti (Wrestling)

47. Samson Siasia (Football)

46. Babayaro brothers’ (Football)

45. Samuel Okparaji (Football)

44. Monday Merotohun (Table tennis)

43. Sunday Bada (Track and field)

42. Chika Chukwumerije (Taekwondo)

41. Christian “Night Train” Okoye (American football)

40. Samuel Peters (Boxing)

39. Henry Nwosu (Football)

38. Segun Toriola (Table tennis)

37. Francis Obikwelu (Track and field)

38. Rashidi Yekini (Football)

36. Wilson Oruma (Football)

35. Fabio Olanipekun (Sports commentary)

34. Nduka Ugbade (Football)

33. Emeka Okafor (Basketball)

32. Nnamdi Asomugha (American football)

31. Osi Umenyiora (American football)

30. Christian Chukwu (Football)

29. Mikel Obi (Football)

28. Femi Tella (Football Coach)

27. Felix Owolabi (Football)

26. Bash Ali (Boxing)

25. Innocent Egbunike (Track and field)

24. Finidi George (Football)

23. Ezenwa brothers (Track and field)

22. Adokiye Amiesimaka (Football)

21. Emmanuel Amunike (Football)

20. Muda Lawal (Football)

19. Peter Rufai (Football)

18. Teslim Balogun (Football)

17. Dan Anyiam (Football)

16. Yusuf Alli (Track and field)

15. Mike Bamidele (Wrestling)

14. Stephen Keshi (Football)

13. Obisia Nwakpa (Boxing)

12. Jeremiah Okorodudu (Boxing)

11. David Izonritei (Boxing)

10. Segun Odegbami (Football)

9. Nduka Odizor (Lawn Tennis)

8. Richard Dick Tiger Ihetu (Boxing)

7. Austin jay-jay Okocha (Football)

6. Hogan Bassey (Boxing)

5. Daniel Igali (Wrestling)

4. Rafiu King Joe (Boxing)

3. Hakeem Olajuwon (Basketball)

2. Nojim Maiyegun (Boxing)

1. Kanu Nwankwo (Football)

Dami Dupri

Dami Dupri

I eat, sleep and drink sports. You can catch me dissecting all kinds of sports at a sports bar or pub near you. Did I mention I am a part owner of Manchester United F.C.(I wish !!!)


  1. Whoa, if not for the car accident, Joseph Dosu would have been Nigeria’s best goal keeper. Peter Rufai represents goal keepers on this list. 360nobs respect and acknowledge Joseph’s contribution to Naija’s football.

  2. Does “sportsmen” refer only to the male sex? Because i would have expected Falilat Ogunkoya and Mary Onyali on the list, if it’s the unisex term you meant.

    Secondly, Rashidi Yekini would be way closer to the best finishing than the 38 he occupies here.

    Also, I know we all have more recent memories of Kanu and he is the most decorated Nigerian footballer and all, but i would also still put Odegbami ahead of him.

    But then, it’s just my opinion. 50 people would write 50 different lists. I think all the top 50 are worthy of being somewhere on the list.

    Great job!

  3. The list looks like it was hurriedly put together. Rashidi Yekini is Nigeria’s all-time top scorer in football and he’s not in the top ten?. Daniel Igali won his Olympic gold while representing Canada and you place him at № five?. What criteria was used for this list please.

  4. How can we omit the name of Nigeria’s first Olympic silver medalist in boxing and commonwealth champion, Peter Konyegwachie?

  5. Actually, I don’t know who all these people are and I would have liked to know more about their biographies and achievements.

  6. Very terrible compilation. Chioma Ajunwa won Nigeria’s first olympic Gold medal but she is not here. Not Mary onyali, falilat Ogunkoya, etc. American football is not a Nigerian sports so I wonder why we are celebrating them.

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